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Weizmannn was a Zionist leader, president of the Zionist Organization, and the first president… [More] of the State of Israel. He was elected on February 1, 1949, and served until his death in 1952. He was also a chemist who developed the ABE-process, which produces acetone through bacterial fermentation. He founded the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. [Less]
1925: Ernie Wise
Born Ernest Wiseman, Wise was a Jewish-English comedian, best known as one half of the comedy duo… [More] Morecambe and Wise, who became an institution on British television, especially for their Christmas specials. Interesting fact: He made the first mobile phone call in the UK on January 1, 1985 from St Katherine’s Dock, in East London, to Vodafone’s Headquarters in Newbury, Berkshire. [Less]
1942: Marilyn Hacker
Hacker is a Bronx-born Jewish-American poet, translator and critic. She is Professor of English… [More] at the City College of New York. Her books of poetry include Presentation Piece (1974), which won the National Book Award, Love, Death, and the Changing of the Seasons (1986), and Going Back to the River (1990). In 2009, Hacker won the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation for King of a Hundred Horsemen by Marie Étienne (which also garnered the first Robert Fagles Translation Prize from the National Poetry Series). In 2010, she received the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry. [Less]